Kaya Mawa - Likoma Island
Kaya Mawa (meaning ‘maybe tomorrow in the local dialect) is located at the south of the island next to a crescent beach on the outskirts of Nkwhazi Village.
Likoma Island is approximately two thirds the way up the Lake and is 12km from Mozambique. It is covered in Baobabs and Mango trees, surrounded by the clearest waters in the lake.
With a total of eleven very individual rooms and a capacity of 27 people Kaya Mawa still manages to remain intimate. Each room has decks and access to the lake or their own private plunge pools, which makes it very hard to leave. But the draw of the ultimate sunset bar and beach lounge is just irresistible!
Voted in the top 10 most romantic places in the world by Conde Nast Traveller Magazine, amongst a number of other accolades, Kaya Mawa is utterly unique. From the construction and the staff to the community integration there is nowhere else like it.
Kaya Mawa’ accommodation is built from stone and teak-framed thatch and includes two family houses and luxurious houses, ideal for honeymooners. Each room has decks and access to the lake or their own private plunge pools, which makes it very hard to leave. But the draw of the ultimate sunset bar and beach lounge is also just as irresistible!
Four of the standard rooms are situated at the bottom of the rocky knoll with private decks and in direct view of the lake.
The two family houses are also at the back of the main beach under the shade of a baobab or mango tree. Both family houses have a double and a twin/triple room, an interconnecting bathroom and outside chill out areas.
The three premium rooms offer lake views from sleeping areas and verandas. Either a private island or one of two rooms perched high up a rocky knoll with a private pool. The other two houses are two bed-roomed, with sitting rooms. One has a rock plunge pool, the other with an infinity pool with views across the lake.
A third house - Ndomo Point House - will open in March 2011 - Four bedrooms, 3 en-suites, sitting room, family kitchen, 5 terraces, study, pool, private beach, and full use of Kaya Mawa facilities. This house will be approximately1 km from the lodge.
Whilst relaxing is high on the agenda there is plenty to do, including mountain biking, quad biking, waterskiing and diving from the resorts PADI recognised dive centre.
Walking or biking around the island is a must and mountain bikes are available for use.
The local population is legendary both for its friendliness and thus a simple unescorted stroll around the island perhaps with a few cold drinks and snacks is a wonderful experience where one can stop off to swim en route, engage the locals in conversation and visit the cathedral, local school and the lively market nearby.
Take a stroll to the local textile project, Katundu - www.katundu.net.
The waters around the lodge are both safe and clear (free of hippos) and swimming and snorkeling are on offer - some of the best fresh water snorkeling in the world is right here! Snorkels and masks are provided.
Kayaking, windsurfing and sailing (3 lasers and a laser 2) are also on offer.